Materials chemistry news, August 2017

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By interpenetrating two polymers, scientists have developed a novel supercapacitor that is flexible and can store a lot of charge very quickly.

By incorporating reversible bonds, scientists have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal.

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Scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride that absorbs carbon dioxide.

Hybrid photoactive materials with more stable and more rigid dyes obtained.

Simultaneous design and nanomanufacturing speeds up fabrication.

Microbot origami helps tiny devices move and capture cells.

Scientists have developed various hybrid, photoactive materials that respond in different ways when exposed to excitation light.

Expanding and straightening the molecular chains in plastics makes it easier for heat to pass through them.

A new material made from the biomolecule chitin and a copper metal-organic framework can inhibit the formation of bacterial biofilms.

For the first time, scientists have observed the formation of a crystal gel with particle-level resolution.

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Scientists have made the first observation of nanocrystals rapidly forming superlattices while they are themselves still growing.

Scientists have predicted and created new 2D electrocatalysts able to extract hydrogen from water with high performance and low cost.

Using chemical coatings that react with light, scientists have developed a new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials.

A new super-strong ‘tough adhesive’ is biocompatible and binds firmly to biological tissues even when they're wet.

A novel light-activated material can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted by-products.

The symmetry-breaking flow of electrons through cuprate superconductors may be linked to their ability to work at comparatively high temperatures.

Using 'click chemistry', scientists have developed an efficient way to make sulfur-containing polymers that will lower the cost of large-scale production.

Using a novel method, scientists have design a material that conducts electricity and emits white light when exposed to electricity.

Researchers have significantly increased the temperature at which carbon-based materials can act as superconductors.

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Scientists have used a molecular pulley binder to create high-capacity silicon anodes for use in lithium-ion batteries.

Researchers have developed supramolecular materials that spontaneously assemble themselves and then disintegrate after use.

Scientists have developed a way to coat a hydrogel onto elastomer-based medical devices to provide a softer, more slippery exterior.

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